A Devex series of events

DEVEX @ WHA 2021

May 25-27 and June 1, 2021

Each day at 9 a.m. ET | 3 p.m. CET


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About the Event

With plans to meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented vaccine rollout, and pressure for World Health Organization reform, this year’s World Health Assembly meeting may be one of the most pressing in recent history. Inequalities in COVID-19 vaccine access, waiving patents, and increasing low- and middle-income countries’ manufacturing capacity are expected to remain hot topics of debate.

We will be on the scene — virtually — to dig into these issues and more over three days of events, with exclusive interviews, expert analysis, and insider coverage of the week’s most important conversations.

From May 25 to 27, and in a special Devex Pro event on June 1, we will bring you inside the 74th World Health Assembly to answer key questions such as:

-How can the world better respond to the next pandemic?
-What more can be done to ensure an effective and equitable vaccine rollout?
-Does the world need a different alert system for global health emergencies?
-What is the future of WHO amid funding woes?
-With all eyes on COVID-19, what happens to other health priorities?

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May 25-27, and a special Devex Pro event on June 1

Tuesday, May 25

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CET (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET)

Preparing for the next pandemic

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is releasing its final evaluation of the COVID-19 response. Devex will take a look at the panel’s recommendations to prepare for the next pandemic, and discuss how they can be done.

Wednesday, May 26

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CET (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET)

Vaccine Equity: Challenges and Solutions

Supply constraints, funding, and misinformation have hampered COVID-19 vaccinations globally. Vaccination rates for other diseases have also suffered. Devex will explore unconventional ways aid organizations and public health professionals are fighting misinformation on the ground, forging creative partnerships, and building the infrastructure for equitable vaccine delivery now and in the future.

Thursday, May 27

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CET (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET)

Future of health systems

Governments are calling for strengthening the WHO. One of the reforms on the table is giving them more power, but experts argue member states also need to improve their funding for the organization. At the 74th World Health Assembly, the working group composed of member states is expected to present an interim report on how to address WHO’s funding woes. Devex will ask experts how realistic are these expectations and explore what else is being done to build resilient, effective health systems to make progress on key health priorities beyond COVID.

Tuesday, June 1

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CET (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET)

Inside the WHA (Devex Pro-exclusive event)

Join our global health reporting team to hear their insider take on the biggest news to come out of the World Health Assembly. Ask your questions and connect with other Devex Pro members and partners in this intimate session.